Medical School

Working to Improve

Brandon Stradel

I grew up in Denmark, WI and then studied at UW-Eau Claire (Voted Wisconsin's Most Beautiful Fall Campus).

Being a Denmark, WI native, I’m never far from home. This made MCW-Green Bay a great choice for me and made my transition to medical school much easier. This year has been interesting for me, in part because it is the first year I haven’t trained and competed for wrestling like I’ve done for the past 17 years. Instead, I’ve been hitting the weight room more and I am even training several of my classmates in the art of weightlifting. I make it a priority to work out and take my mind off of school. Every Friday is designated “Biceps with Brandon”.

If you didn’t know, there’s a difference between “working” and “working to improve”. If you ever attend a wrestling match, listen to the referee and you might hear the words “both men working to improve”. My classmates got a kick out of this the first time I said it. I think the phrase is also fitting for medical school as well. We put in a lot of work and hours so it can be easy to go on autopilot sometimes. It’s important to remember that we are working to improve ourselves every day.

Last weekend, a few of us attended the Fox Cities Showdown in Oshkosh, WI. This was my first time attending a bodybuilding and physique show and I had an absolute blast. I even got to meet the winner of the 2008 Mr. Olympia competition, Dexter Jackson. I hope I can look like that at 46.

I am excited to welcome the class of 2019 and hopefully add a few new lifting partners!